WALTERS AND BODHI LEIGH-JONES WIN HYDRALYTE SPORTS SURF SERIES AT CRONULLA.
BEACH, SYDNEY (Sunday, April 28, 2019): Dakoda Walters (Angourie, NSW)
and Bodhi Leigh-Jones (Avalon, NSW) have taken out stop two on the Hydralyte
Sports Surf Series presented by Hyundai, after a day of exciting battles
in playful two-foot beachbreak conditions.
Dakoda Walters (Angourie, NSW) will jump up into third position on the
2019 WSL Junior Tour rankings thanks to his impressive performance at
Cronulla. Walters continued to use his innovative and stylish approach
in the final, performing a handful of giant aerial maneuvers and powerful
carves to notch up a 14.65 two-wave heat total and get the win ahead of
fellow event standout Xavier Huxtable (Jan Juc. Vic) who claimed second
position with a 13.80 heat total. Walters dedicated the win to Australian
surfing icon, friend and fellow Angourie native Dave Baddy
Treloar who passed away late last month.
is a pretty sick feeling, said Walters. I began doing a few
juniors at the start of the year but didnt really get any results,
so to get to this stage and share some fun waves with the guys in the
final is pretty cool. Coming into this year, I wasnt sure if I was
going to do the Pro Junior events but I really wanted to prove to myself
that I could win one. Baddy was the biggest legend ever, so its
awesome to get this win for him.
After years of podium finishes, but never claiming a victory, Bodhi Leigh-Jones
(Avalon, NSW) was able to take a Pro Junior win in what is her final year
on the series. Leigh-Jones shone in the four-lady final, performing an
eclectic array of frontside snaps and carves and as a result finished
the final with a respectable 13.85 two-wave heat total. Following a priority
interference by fellow event standout, Nyxie Ryan (Lennox Head, NSW),
the final turned into a three horse race between Leigh-Jones, Carly Shanahan
(Wolli, NSW) and Pacha Luque-Light (Gold Coast, Qld), however Leigh-Jones
was able to keep her opposition at arms length thanks to her aforementioned
been doing the Pro Juniors for a while now but never won one, so this
is a huge relief for me, said Leigh-Jones. The next stop for
me is Burleigh and its a point break so hopefully we get some good
waves there and I can keep the results coming.
The main base for the Hydralyte Sports Surf Series presented by Hyundai
was North Cronulla with backup locations of Elouera and Wanda.
The three-event Hydralyte Sports Surf Series presented by Hyundai includes
stops at the legendary Bells Beach, Cronulla and North Stradbroke Island.
The WSL sanctioned Pro Junior events, which includes 18 and under boys
and girls divisions, form part of the 2019 WSL Australasian Junior
Qualifying Series (JQS), providing the winning athletes with an opportunity
to win a coveted World Title at the World Surf League Junior Championships
Proudly supported by the WSL and Surfing Australia, the Hydralyte Sports
Surf Series presented by Hyundai will provide an important event platform
at a crucial point in the development of Australias leading junior
1 Dakoda Walters (Angourie, NSW)
2 Xavier Huxtable (Jan Juc, Vic)
3 Tane Bowden (NZL)
4 Taj Stokes (Sunshine Coast, Qld)
1 Bodhi Leigh-Jones (Avalon, NSW)
2 Carly Shanahan (Wolli, NSW)
3 Pacha Luque-Light (Gold Coast, Qld)
4 Nyxie Ryan (Lennox Head, NSW)
Hydralyte Sports Surf Series presented by Hyundai Event Dates and Locations:
EVENT 1 - North Stradbroke, QLD - Jan 12 - 13, 2019
EVENT 2 - Cronulla, NSW - Apr 27 - 28, 2019
EVENT 3 - Bells Beach, VIC - Sept 24 - 25, 2019